Friday, July 19, 2013

Museum Hill Trails Come Alive

Just a small party with the master artisans of the world
Santa Fe was decked out in papel picado for last week's International Folk Art Market. This event has blown up over the last few years and is legitimately beginning to punch above its weight. Event organizers filled Railyard Park on Thursday evening with a free concert, and seemingly all of the town's restaurants and patios were packed full Thur-Sat evenings. Indian and Spanish Market peeps where all like, WHA? Dudes were bringing the noise.

Right, well Museum Hill is where a significant amount of my early morning running/biking routes cross through so I got to see the tents going up during the week, the excited market vendors waiting for opening on Saturday morning, then the full on Market by foot later in the day with the beautiful Mrs. Dirt and the button-cute little Pistol. A lot of excitement springing up out of my ordinarily quiet trail network in the east foothills. What made my day is that some ingenious soul dreamt up an onsite Bike Valet station which happened to be packed full of bikes of all sorts, including ones with toddler-seats and trailer hitches. Marvelous.

Bike Valet
Decoraciones fiestas
My favorite: the Oaxacan weavers of southern Mexico. There stuff was simply off the charts. Across the parking lot, sitting on the rim of the Arroyo de los Pinos is the brand spanking new Santa Fe Botanical Gardens which has its grand opening to the public this weekend. I run by there on a near weekly basis and have been witness to the slow determined progress of workers fashioning barren New Mexican clay and sand into a space of brilliant color and understated beauty. And what was once old, is new again.

Santa Fe Botanical Gardens
The re-purposed and remodeled span of the Kearney Gap Bridge - Sun Mountain top left
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  - Santa Fe's Arroyo Systems
  - Museum Hill by Bike
  - Picacho Peak
  - Sun Mountain Trail

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  1. New botanical gardens huh? Gotta get up there check that out~ thx for the tip! M

  2. Yes, quite lovely and right there on Museum Hill if you want the full blast of culture. Locals beta: The museums waive admission fees to NM residents on Sundays.

  3. I like that bridge.

    Ah, we can think up trusses and girders and design them with beauty, whereas we probably used to be able to leap that far. What do you think? Are we better off?



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